| Jan 21, 2015
| 6:28 PM
The terrible events in Paris this month may suggest social satirists who roast religious figures must fear for their lives. But Lewis Black, the veteran stand-up comedian who once declared God's creating the Earth in seven days a myth because "I have...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:22 PM
"Silent Witnesses," a modest and compassionate solo work written and performed by Stephanie Satie at the Odyssey Theatre, is based on interviews and conversations with child survivors of the Holocaust.
On a darkened and mostly bare stage, Satie portrays...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 2:50 PM
"Cape Fear," the 1991 thriller by Martin Scorsese, is perhaps best remembered, if it is remembered at all, for a creepy, finger-sucking seduction scene involving Juliette Lewis and Robert De Niro. But if you are a fan of "The Simpsons," your head likely...
| Feb 23, 2015
| 5:00 AM
An impassioned, two-hour, open-mike meeting about the future of Los Angeles County's small-theater community Saturday at the Renberg Theatre at the Los Angeles LGBT Center in Hollywood drew an overflow crowd of well over 200 theater folks.
With just one...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 6:20 PM
It's the pesky little things that make up Larry David's infinitely expandable comic universe. All those petty grievances and minor disputes, the slights and slips, the miscues and forced apologies — so flustering in our own lives, so hilarious in...
| Mar 6, 2015
| 1:00 PM
The Founding Fathers famously had a way with words, but as reincarnated in Lin-Manuel Miranda's sensational musical "Hamilton," they can now bust a rhyme with the legendary MCs.
These revolutionaries still wear frock coats and breeches, but when they...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 7:37 AM
The title of Madhuri Shekar's family comedy, "A Nice Indian Boy," is a sly feint. On the surface, it appears that the nice Indian boy in question is Naveen Gavaskar, the soft-spoken only son of Indian immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area who is...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 6:01 PM
It's hard to imagine Culture Clash's "Chavez Ravine: An L.A. Revival" receiving a more handsome production than the one directed by Lisa Peterson at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, a retooled version of her 2003 staging of "Chavez Ravine" at the Mark Taper...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 4:30 AM
The warehouse is cold and dark. A claw-foot bathtub sits in the middle of the room, which is bisected by lines of hanging laundry. Against one wall, a large wooden bar; against another, a shabby kitchen and bedroom. An office cluttered with clocks and a...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 6:00 AM
The delightful British theater troupe Kneehigh keeps finding ways of demonstrating that whimsicality on stage is perfectly compatible with emotional grace.
The company's production of "Brief Encounter," a theatrical homage to David Lean's 1945 film...
| Dec 6, 2014
| 8:00 AM
As gracious and unpretentious as her Brentwood home, Angela Lansbury radiated hospitality as she ushered me into her living room, where her honorary Oscar sits as casually as a figurine placed on a table while a kettle was whistling.
Flowers sent from...